Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Burnley Town Hall

Contact: Alison McEwan  Democracy Officer

No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors  Johnstone and White.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting.


The minutes of the meeting held on 13th November 2017 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Notice of Key Decisions and Private Meetings pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To consider the current notice of Key Decisions and Private Meetings


Members considered the Notice of Key Decisions and Private Meetings.


They discussed the following:


·         Children’s University and Aspirations Strategy.  Members were keen to receive further information on the Strategy, as they felt it could have a great impact I improving the situation of local young people.  They discussed when this might be appropriate.  An update to Members will be provided later in 2018 once the strategy has been active for some time.




That the NKDPM be noted, and the update on the Children’s University and Aspirations Strategy be added to the Work Programme for 2018/19.






Half Year Performance Update pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To receive an update on the Council’s Performance results.


Rob Dobson presented the report which provided performance highlights from across the Council’s services,  as a measure of strategic significance, or in order to highlight service performance that had been particularly strong or poor.


Members discussed the following:


·         Households in Temporary Accommodation – This indicator was off target – often the families involved had complex needs and therefore finding suitable accommodation was more difficult.  Burnley’s statistics were comparable to other local areas.  All homelessness applications were processed on time.  Was a breakdown of family sizes available?  One would be provided to Members if available.  Had there been an increase due to the roll out of Universal Credit?  Following roll out of Universal Credit, it is not possible to accurately compare the current benefit claimant numbers with historical trends or with other areas that have not transferred to Universal Credit.  Clarification would be sought and information provided to Members around the impact of Universal Credit rollout, financial hardship and homelessness.




That the report be noted.






Community Safety Annual Report pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To receive the annual update on Community Safety work throughout the Borough.


In addition to the Report, Sam McConnell gave a brief presentation on campaigns and initiatives that the Community Safety Team was involved with across a broad range of issues.


Members discussed the following:


·         Safer social media usage – new threats and ways to circumvent security measures were being identified constantly. 

·         An emerging threat regarding human trafficking.  Young people who had debts to criminal gangs were being trafficked to Blackpool on a temporary basis, and being forced to commit criminal acts such as drug dealing to pay off their debts.  They would then be returned to their place of residence.

·         Positive work being carried out to target specific issues in local wards in partnership with Councillors.  This was much appreciated by local residents and Members.




That the report be noted.


Leisure Trust Annual Report pdf icon PDF 698 KB

To receive the Annual Report of Burnley Leisure


Gerard Vinton gave a presentation which identified some of the key points from the Annual Report.


Members discussed the following:


·         The excellent venue at the Mechanics, especially with the Bistro opening on Saturdays.

·         The high standard of events, and creativity.

·         Aspirational vision.

·         Distance travelled – the future had seemed bleak at one point, so it was excellent to see the transformation.




That the report be noted.


Scrutiny Review Groups

To receive an update on the work of any active Scrutiny Review Groups.


A date would be circulated for the postponed Dementia Review Group meeting.


The Food Hygiene Ratings presentation would take place at the February meeting of the Scrutiny Committee.




Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider any additions to the draft Work Plan for 2017/18.


The work plan for the remainder of the year was noted.